Allergy and atopic dermatitis

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Early immune development and allergy

Prof. Susan Prescott
University of Western Australia

Prof. Susan L. Prescott MD, PhD, is a paediatrician, immunologist and internationally acclaimed physician scientist, well known for her cutting-edge research into the early environmental determinants of health and disease. At the global level, as the Founding Director of inVIVO Planetary Health, her work focuses on the interconnections between human health and planetary health - promoting holistic value systems for both ecological and social justice. Locally in Western Australia, she is Director of the ORIGINS project, which examines how the environment influences all aspects of physical and mental health throughout life. She was the founding President of the DOHaD Society of ANZ, and previously served as a Director of the World Allergy Organization. Susan is also an artist and award-winning author of several books including The Allergy Epidemic, The Calling, Origins and gold medal winning book The Secret Life of Your Microbiome. At the World Congress, Susan will be speaking on early immune development and its role in allergy.

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Canine atopic dermatitis

Prof. Rosanna Marsella
University of Florida

Dr. Marsella received her DVM from the University of Milano, Italy in 1991. She has been a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology since 1996 and a Faculty member at the University of Florida since 1997. She is a full Professor and Director of the UF Laboratory of Comparative Dermatology. She is the past president of the American College of Veterinary Dermatology.

She was one of the original members of the Task Force on Canine Atopic Dermatitis and has been co-Editor for Veterinary Dermatology and the BSAVA Dermatology Manual. She has published more than 150 peer reviewed articles and numerous book chapters. Her research program has focused on the investigation of the pathogenesis of canine Atopic Dermatitis and the identification of novel treatments. She has validated a model of canine atopic dermatitis that reproduces the clinical and immunologic characteristics of both the human and canine disease. For this reasons, she has also been a Research Professor in the College of Medicine, Dermatology Department working with MD dermatologists on comparative research projects. When not working, she is horseback riding in the woods on her Andalusians, swimming or enjoying Argentine tango.

Immunity and autoimmunity

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Autoimmune blistering diseases

Prof. Dedee Murrell
University of New South Wales

"Professor Dedee Murrell is Chair of the Department of Dermatology at St George Hospital, University of NSW, in Sydney, Australia. She completed medical training at Cambridge and Oxford Universities, 3 years of internal medicine in the UK and USA, dermatology training at UNC-Chapel Hill, a fellowship in dermatopharmacology at Duke, blistering diseases and cell biology at New York University, and then became a clinical scholar at Rockefeller University, focussing on epidermolysis bullosa. She holds a doctorate on the pathogenesis of blistering disorders, her main subspecialty interest, and her current research focusses on the development and validation of clinical outcome measures for EB and the Autoimmune blistering diseases to enable clinical trials to proceed in these orphan diseases. She has 275 peer reviewed papers and has edited 6 books on blistering diseases, including the new textbook. She lectures at international congresses regularly and is a visiting professor in 5 continents. She was recently elected as the first International Board Member of the EADV, has served as Executive Vice President of the International Society of Dermatology from 2011-13 , as Chair of Communications for the ISD, 2013-17, and will be the Congress President of the ICD 2021, in Melbourne, Australia. She serves as founding Co-Editor of the International Journal of Women’s Dermatology, is an associate editor of the British Journal of Dermatology and serves on the editorial boards of JAMA Dermatology, International Journal of Dermatology, JEADV, Acta Dermatovenereologica and previously, the JAAD. She has trained over 50 international fellows and mentees in her department since 1996 from the USA, Canada, England, France, Germany, Netherlands, Colombia, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Korea, China, the Philippines. She was elected an international honorary member of the American Dermatologic Association in 2008, and awarded a certificate of appreciation from the ILDS for her international educational and outreach work. She recently completed a three year term as the Chair of the AAD’s World Congress Task Force and is passionate about international collaboration. She is one of two Vice Presidents of Australia’s bid to host the 2023 World Congress of Dermatology in Sydney. "

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Immune responses to the microbiome

Dr. Tetsuro Kobayashi
NIH laboratory

Tetsuro Kobayashi, DVM/PhD is an investigator at the Laboratory for Innate Immune Systems, RIKEN Center for Integrative Medical Sciences, Yokohama, Japan. His research focuses on crosstalk between epithelial cells, immune cells and microbiota in skin. He has investigated mechanisms by which epithelial homeostasis and microbiome balance is tuned by immune cells in steady state and how imbalanced microbiota leads to skin diseases, particularly atopic dermatitis. He currently extends his research area of focus to understand coordinated actions of epithelial cells and immune cells in chronic itch of atopic dermatitis. He graduated from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology and joined the Department of Dermatology at Keio University School of Medicine for a Ph.D. program where he investigated hair follicle stem cell biology. He did postdoctoral training in Dr. Keisuke Nagao’s laboratory at Keio University School of Medicine and at Dermatology Branch, NIH.

The cutaneous ecosystem and infectious disease

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Antimicrobial resistance and novel therapies

Prof. Darren Trott
University of Adelaide

Professor Trott completed his veterinary degree at Murdoch University and worked in small animal practice for eight years. Following a PhD on intestinal spirochaetes, he completed a three year post-doc at the National Animal Disease Center in Ames, Iowa, USA. He then taught veterinary microbiology and antimicrobial chemotherapy at The University of Queensland for 10 years whilst conducting research on gastrointestinal diseases, microbial ecology and virulence/antimicrobial resistance in bacterial pathogens. In 2010, he joined The University of Adelaide School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences and his research areas have expanded to include antimicrobial resistance ecology, repurposing existing drug classes for development as new anti-infectives, and the effect of antimicrobials on the gut microbiome. He established and is the inaugural Director of the Australian Centre for Antimicrobial Resistance Ecology, working closely with Australia's major animal industries (both livestock and companion animal) in the areas of prudent antimicrobial use, antimicrobial stewardship and confirming/ensuring that rates of resistance in animal pathogens, zoonotic and commensal bacteria remain low by international standards. At the World Congress, Professor Trott will be speaking on antimicrobial resistance and the development of novel antibacterial therapies.

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Saprophytic pathogens and microbial host-adapted parasites

Dr. Richard Malik
University of Sydney

Richard Malik is a well-respected and well known feline veterinarian, and a registered specialist in small animal medicine. He is passionate about all aspects of feline and canine medicine, and has a special focus on treating common diseases using new therapeutic regimens. After graduating from the University of Sydney in 1981 he initially trained in anaesthesia and intensive care, and then undertook research in neuropharmacology. In 1987 he returned to the Department of Veterinary Clinical Sciences as its first Resident in Small Animal Medicine. He remained at Sydney Vet School for 16 years in varying capacities and was the Valentine Charlton Senior Lecturer in Feline Medicine from 1995 to 2002. Currently Richard works as a consultant for the Centre for Veterinary Education and various private clinics in the eastern suburbs of Sydney. He is involved in a large number of collaborative research projects in both pure and applied research. His current research areas include genetic, infectious and parasitic diseases of cats and dogs. More specifically, he is a world authority on mycobacterial diseases, fungal diseases including cryptococcosis, antibacterial and antifungal drug therapy and neural angiostrongyliasis.

Skin biology and genetics

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Genetics of barrier function

Prof. Stephen Jane
Monash University

Professor Jane is the Head of Central Clinical School, Monash University and Director of Research for Alfred Hospital. He is also a member of the Clinical Haematology Service. Professor Jane has a range of research interests investigating both developmental and acquired disorders of the blood and skin in mouse models. At a basic level, this involves the study of gene transcription and at the World Congress, Professor Jane will be speaking on the genetics of cutaneous barrier function.  He currently holds a number of NH and MRC and other competitive grants. He has published over 120 papers including articles in Science, Nature Medicine and Developmental Cell.

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Molecular pathogenesis of cornification disorders

Prof. Elizabeth Mauldin University of Pennsylvania

Elizabeth Mauldin is a Professor of Dermatopathology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. After a brief time in general veterinary practice, she completed sequential residencies in both anatomic pathology (Cornell University) and clinical dermatology (University of Pennsylvania) and is board-certified by both the ACVP and ACVD . She has a dual appointment in PennVet since 2004 where she works both as an anatomic pathologist and clinical dermatologist. As the Head of the PennVet Laboratory of Pathology, she oversees a surgical pathology and dermatopathology service that interprets biopsies for clients across North America. Her research interests are focused on the spontaneous skin diseases of companion animals and more specifically on comparative genodermatoses. Her work with Peter Elias MD (University of San Francisco VA Hospital) has helped to understand the pathogenesis of skin barrier dysfunction in dogs and humans with congenital ichthyosis.

Advances in diagnosis and therapy

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Culicoides hypersensitivity in horses

Prof. Eliane Marti Universitat Bern, Switzerland

Professor Dr. Eliane Marti graduated in Veterinary Medicine in 1989 at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bern and completed a Research Doctorate on the genetic predisposition of equine allergic diseases at the Division of Immunogenetics of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bern in 1991. After a stay at the Baker Institute, Cornell University, NY, USA and after working in a large animal practice, she went back to the Division of Immunogenetics for Post-doctorate research from 1992 to 1994. In 1995 she worked on equine genetics at the Animal Health Trust, Newmarket, England, with a Post-doctoral Research grant of the Swiss National Science Foundation. Between 1996 and 1998 she had a Post-doctoral research position at the Division of Immunogenetics, University of Berne, where she stayed until 2001 with a grant of the Hans-Sigrist Foundation of the University of Berne for completion of habilitation. In 2002 she got the venia docendi in Veterinary Immunology from the University of Berne and since 2002 she is Head of the Clinical Immunology Group, Department of Clinical Research-Veterinary Public Healthy, at the Vetsuisse Faculty of the University of Berne, since 2009 as Associate Professor. Her present research focuses on the immunopathogenesis of allergic diseases of horses, in particular of equine insect bite hypersensitivity and on ways to improve in vitro diagnosis and treatment of these diseases as well as development of a preventive allergen immunotherapy for Icelandic horses. She has written over 100 scientific publications in peer-reviewed journals and tutored over 25 doctoral thesis and PhDs.

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Dr. Richard Squires James Cook University, Townsville

"Richard Squires leads the veterinary clinical sciences team at James Cook University in Townsville, northern Australia. Richard graduated as a veterinarian from Bristol University. After a short spell in general practice he obtained postgraduate clinical training at the Universities of Cambridge and Pennsylvania and research training at Glasgow. His PhD was awarded for research in which he sought a retroviral aetiology for canine lymphoma. He is a Diplomate of both the American and European Colleges of Veterinary Internal Medicine and he holds the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons’ Diploma of Veterinary Radiology. Richard held faculty positions at the Universities of Liverpool, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and at Massey University in New Zealand prior to taking up his current position in 2007. Throughout much of his career Richard has taught and assessed veterinary students in a clinical setting while providing referral clinical services in the broad discipline of canine and feline internal medicine. Most of his research has been on canine and feline infectious diseases. In addition, for five years in New Zealand, Richard taught and carried out research in veterinary virology. Richard is a member of the World Small Animal Veterinary Association’s eight-member Scientific Advisory Committee and of its four-member Vaccination Guidelines Group."

The hair coat and alopecia

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Pathogenesis and treatment of alopecia in humans

Prof. Rod Sinclair
Sinclair Dermatology, Melbourne

Professor Rodney Sinclair is the Professor of Medicine (Dermatology) at the University of Melbourne and the Director of Dermatology at the Epworth Hospital and Director of Sinclair Dermatology. He is Past-President of the Australasian Society for Dermatology Research, the Australasian Hair and Wool Research Society and the Skin and Cancer Foundation of Victoria. He was Professor/Director of Dermatology at St Vincent’s Hospital from 2005-2012. Prof Sinclair is the co-author of the section on Dermatology in the Oxford Textbook of Medicine, and the sections on Hair Loss and Scalp Diseases in Rook’s Textbook of Dermatology and Hair Disorders in Bologna’s Textbook Dermatology. He was formerly lead author of Therapeutic Guidelines- Dermatology, Australia.

In a research career spanning 20 years he has supervised over 20 post-graduate research students including 7 PhD graduates and conducted over 30 Phase I, Phase II and Phase II clinical trials and has co-authored over 500 research publications and book chapters including 25 this year to date. Sinclair dermatology offer a 2 year hair fellowship for specialist dermatologists who wish to gain sub-specialty expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of hair disorders and hair restoration surgery.

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Molecular mechanisms of non-inflammatory alopecia in dogs

Dr. Monika Welle
Universitat Bern, Switzerland

Prof. Dr. Monika Welle studied veterinary medicine in Berlin and Munich, and graduated in 1986. Thereafter she worked on her thesis in the GSF Institute of Experimental Hematology. She spent 2 years as a practicing veterinarian before she joined the Institute for Animal Pathology in Berlin in 1990. In 1995, she moved to Bern in Switzerland where she gained exposure to veterinary dermatopathology, which since has become her passion. She holds the German certificate for veterinary pathology specialization and is a diplomate of the ECVP. Since 2004, she is head of the biopsy service in the Institute of Animal Pathology in Bern and is involved in diagnostic pathology, undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research. She has been board member, vice president and president of the International Society of Veterinary Dermatopathology and is responsible for the histopathology exam in the ECVD exam committee. Her main research focus is the hair follicle and alopecic disorders as well as genodermatoses in dogs. She is author or coauthor of more than 130 publications and has been invited to more than 100 lectures and case presentations.

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  • Key Dates

  • 1st Call for Abstracts Open 1 April 2019
  • 2nd Call for Abstracts Opens 1 October 2019
  • 3rd and Final Call for Abstracts Opens 1 January 2020
  • Call for Abstracts Closes 1 March 2020
  • Notification of Abstract Acceptance 1 May 2020
  • Early-Bird Deadline 20 June 2020

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WAVD - World Association for Veterinary Dermatology
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